Rough Night review by Bobby Blakey
It looks like this year the R rated comedy theme seems to be that of the ladies nights out with a couple of different trailers for films with similar themes as usual. The first to hit is Rough Night starring Scarlett Johansson, Jillian Bell, Kate McKinnon, Zoe Kravitz, Ilana Glazer, Ty Burrell, and Demi Moore, but does it offer any laughs or will it be a night not worth remembering?
Rough Night follows five best friends from college who reunite 10 years later for a wild bachelorette weekend in Miami. Their hard partying takes a hilariously dark turn when they accidentally kill a male stripper. Amidst the craziness of trying to cover it up, they're ultimately brought closer together when it matters most. Going into these kinds of movies I tend to keep my expectations low in hopes that it will able to surprise me with something great. While there isn’t anything here all that original it does offer up some hits and misses throughout. The cast all work great together in regards to chemistry, but a lot of the jokes felt forced when they didn’t really need to be. They have a story we have seen before, but it offers up the perfect setting to really have some fun, but never fully goes all in.
This is one of those films that will likely have some that love it and others that don’t find it funny at all. I think the trailer doesn’t really give you the full scope as it is a comedy through and through, but there are a lot of attempts to give it a deeper direction that doesn’t always fit in. I actually enjoyed the film for what it was, but admit that I expected it to be a lot funnier. Everyone does a good job with Johansson getting good role to play with as opposed to the heavy action of her Marvel role. McKinnon is funny, but pretty toned down almost to the point where she feels like they are holding her back. She is always so great and fine here, but I would have loved to see her let loose a bit more. Bell is always funny, but is all over the place here with the role she was given but doesn’t always hit the mark.
In the end this is a film that offers up comedy, drama and insanity, but still tried to keep itself under control too much. The silly decisions of the characters will drive a lot of viewers crazy as all of this could have been easily avoided, but you have to let that go if you want to enjoy this movie on any level.